Julie Adenuga’s post at Apple’s Beats 1 Radio is a tour de force. A purveyor of the Afrobeat genre and gatekeeper of African youth culture, the accomplished Brit born to Nigerian parents has not only emerged as a trusted voice in music but also as one of the premier tastemakers in the UK. During her weekday broadcasts, the 30-year-old self-taught presenter shares her natural charisma and deep knowledge of the music scene, including grime (she’s Skepta and JME’s little sis). And when she’s not programming today’s hottest records or interviewing artists like Cardi B, she appears in Burberry and Nike campaigns and dabbles in fashion design; last summer she collaborated with ASOS’s Made in Kenya brand to create a colorful collection of printed frocks, kimonos, bags, and pants. It’s all in a day’s work for the former Rinse FM host.
The warm, candid and hilarious Tottenham native holds her own alongside fellow Beats 1 DJs Ebro Darden and Zane Lowe and shows no signs of letting up. "Music has been a part of my life from day zero,” she told BBC News. “If I was working anywhere, I'd be listening to music and I'd be telling people about music and I'd be posting about music, and I'd be singing the songs that I love.”